Health Watch - Looking Good: Tight Hair

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about looking your best for holiday parties and family gatherings. Getting ready for a party may mean putting your hair through some torture – but you could also be paving the way for hair loss.

Dr. Amit Pandya, a dermatologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says pulling hair back tightly with barrettes, rollers or ponytail holders puts stress on the roots. Over time, this can cause hair to stop growing, especially around the edge of the hairline. Straightening also damages hair with the chemicals and heat used, which can lead to breakage. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t style, curl or straighten your hair for a special occasion. Just give your hair a break and don’t wear it pulled tightly back so often and only straighten or roll it occasionally.

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December 2009

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